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The Son

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Riveting thriller with less violence than most; sex, nudity.

Movie NR 2019 92 minutes
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This movie, with terrific performances and stellar direction, comes with an ending that will leave an audience either exhilarated or peeved, depending on their willingness to appreciate a sly puzzle. Director Sebastian Schindel keeps the tension high, the developing events mysterious, and rooting interest uncertain. Motives are always perplexing. Is Sigrid a caring mom or a villain? Is Lorenzo believable, paranoid, or a sufferer of Capgras Syndrome (a disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a loved one has been replaced by an imposter)? The Son is seen from Lorenzo's perspective or, in later significant moments, from the perspective of Julieta, his friend and lawyer, and it works. Schindel's decision to leave conversations between Sigrid and the midwife untranslated from Norwegian works well. It leaves the audience in the dark just as Lorenzo is. For fans of psychological thrillers where the stakes are high and the answers aren't easy, it's a very satisfying movie.

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